Before You Shop – Mattress Shopping Tips
Before you get out there and start shopping, review these mattress shopping tips. They will save you from having a moment like, “Gosh, I wish I knew that before!” Plus, there are many shady mattress salespeople. They’ll tell you what you want to hear and won’t have much to offer when it comes to your specific situation.
Choose Who Will Be Using The Mattress
The first question you need to answer is: Who will be sleeping on the bed? You alone? (hopefully not) You and your spouse? One of your kids? A variety of people? (like a guest bed). Knowing this is a great place to start because from here you can know the size and have a good idea about the quality of the mattress.
- Married Couple
- Child’s First Bed
- Guest Bedroom
- Pet Lovers
Review Your Current Mattress
The Better Sleep Council says that the average lifespan of a mattress is 8 years, but that isn’t the case with every mattress. It depends on the quality of materials used and how the mattress has been treated. One good test to know if you need a new mattress is to stay in a nice (four star) hotel. If you noticed a significant difference between the hotel mattress and your mattress, then maybe its time to get a new one.
Other general reasons to replace your mattress include:
- Broken: like a bent or misshapened coil
- Lumpy with inconsistent foam covering the mattress
- Significant staining
Educate Yourself On Mattress Types
Some of you may be shopping because a friend or family member loves their new mattress and can’t stop talking about it. They’ll tell you that you should get the same type of mattress as they have. Or your doctor will tell you to get a certain type of mattress. Either of them may be correct but the key is for you to educate yourself. Learn that different mattresses were made to fit different sleeping needs.
This site has a whole section dedicated to different mattress types.
15 Min Rule
It’s fun to watch people peruse a mattress showroom. More often than not, someone will punch their fist into the top of the mattress to “test it out” as if a mere thrust of the fist will give them all the information they’ll need on how it would feel if they slept on it. Don’t be one of these people.
Once you’ve found a few mattresses that you liked when you laid on them, now implement the 15 min rule. The rule is that if you lay on the mattress for 15 mins and you still really like the way it feels, then most likely it’s a good fit. Try it. You’ll be surprised at how long 15 mins feels.
The reason why this works is because 15 mins is enough time for your body to start reacting to the mattress. Most mattress shoppers will lay on a bed for maybe 30 seconds. You need more time to sink into the foams and to let your spine speak back to you. If your spine is stretching or tweaking on that mattress you’ll start to feel it after about 15 mins.
This rule will not only help with deciding on a mattress but it will also save you time and money. People that take 15 mins to lay on a mattress usually don’t have to test the return policy.
Explore The New Stuff
Take the time to learn about the new technologies developed for mattresses. There are many options for customers that have specific needs.
Know The Warranty
Once you find a mattress you like, you should ask about their warranties and policies. More than just asking a salesperson, you should also read through the fine print. You’ll want to find a mattress with a long non-prorated manufacturer warranty, a sleep satisfaction guarantee, and an excellent return policy with past satisfied customers.
Consider The Accessories
Often, the best time to get sheets, pillows and protectors is when you’re buying a new mattress. The Salesperson may have flexibility to give deep discounts. Plus if a mattress store is serious about helping their customers sleep well at night, they will carry better quality accessories with better warranties than what you can find at typical box stores.